Friday 3rd October 2014 at 1.00pm Scott Sutherland building Lecture Theatre SB42
AN ANATOMY OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA This talk is based on three years’ research done in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina; a city more normally associated with the awful siege of the 1990s, and which today plays host to an art world much more lively and interesting than the country’s economic and political circumstances might suggest. You will be introduced to the main artists living and working in Sarajevo and Banja Luka; the main themes interesting to Bosnian artists- reflecting on the war, the environment, activism, and the intimate; and be introduced to some of the circumstances in which this work takes place. The art world in BiH is analysed by means of anatomy; what are the constituent parts of it, how do they fit together, how do the dysfunctionalities of BiH society impact on the work produced, who sees it and how it is discussed? More importantly, how does artistic practice in this small ex-Yugoslav country relate to European art trends and what wider lessons can we draw from analysing it?